With over 100 miles of hiking and biking trails, first time riders and seasoned experts alike can enjoy the high alpine on two wheels.
Mountain Biking is such a fun way to get out and explore all that Breckenridge has to offer. Whether you are an advanced mountain biker or someone who has never done it before, there are plenty of trails for each ability.
Biking in Breckenridge Here’s what to bring.
10 essential items to bring on your Breckenridge bike ride
Recently I was out on a bike path ride on my mountain bike. The trails were still too wet near my house and to get back in shape I’ve been riding up to Sapphire Point at the top of Swan Mountain Road (just a few miles north of Breckenridge) from my house. It’s a casual ride so I’ve just been hopping on my bike and grinding out the 3-mile hill climb. One moment I’m cruising back down and I suddenly, I’m riding wonky. I look back and my back tire is going flat. Of course, I’m just riding the bike path casually and I don’t’ have a spare tube or patch kit so my 45-minute hill climb just became a nearly 2-hour adventure to get back.
Always ride with gear when biking This is the perfect reminder that it doesn’t matter where you are riding as soon as something goes wrong, the gear you bring is essential if you want to avoid walking back.
If you are visiting Breckenridge and planning to do some mountain biking, here is a list of essential items to bring along so your ride goes smooth.
- Water: Water is the stuff of life. A must have on any ride in Breckenridge. Breckenridge’s high mountain air causes sweat to evaporate immediately so you might not even know you are dehydrated before you are feeling it. Drink lots of water.
- Sunblock: At 9,000 feet you will be roasting to a crisp in no time if your skin is not properly protected. Make sure to use a sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Light rain coat: Everyone know the saying, “If you don’t like the weather wait 5 minutes. This certainly applies in Breckenridge. There is always the chance of a passing shower in the Rockies so make sure to have a light, compact rain coat with you.
- Spare innertube and a patch kit: By far the most common issue that will arise on a mountain biking trip is a flat tire. It does not take much to get a flat and replacing or repairing a tube is relatively easy. It’s best to have both a tube and a patch kit so you can handle multiple flats.
- Tire Pump: a small tire pump or CO2 inflator is a must on a ride. Don’t rely on your friends for this tool. There are bike pumps these days that fit in the palm of your hand.
- Tire Levers: This small light tool makes getting a tire on and off a bike wheel easy. it is a simple technique that is easy to learn so don’t forget this tool.
- Phone: Besides taking pictures of the mountain scenery and good times on a ride, having a phone is a great asset in the event of an accident. If you are not in cell phone range someone will be able to ride to cell phone range and alert authorities if necessary.
- First Aid Kit: A small first aid kit is a must have on any mountain bike ride. Mountain biking is a safe and fun activity but a good first aid kit can be a real asset for many common injuries that can happen during a ride.
- Multi Tool: A good idea is to have a small multi tool with common tools that are used on bikes. Multi tools come in handy for small repairs that happen when on the trail.
- Chain Pull: A chain break is a surprisingly common mishap on a trail ride. A simple chain pull tool makes it easy to put a chain back together or pop a link if necessary.
With hundreds of miles of single-track trails and bike paths, Breckenridge is one of the top destinations in the west for riding. With rides of all levels Breckenridge is the perfect place to try mountain biking. If you are visiting Breckenridge and want to ride but don’t have gear no worries! There are a whole lot of bike shops that rent and sell gear in Breckenridge. One of our favorites is Epic Mountain Gear Rentals because you can book rentals on line, ahead of time. Just make your reservation and pick up your rental at Breck Sports which offers a full selection of the latest gear you will need to make you ride a success.
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Fall is a great time to get out on your dirt bike. Both you and your bike will enjoy the cooler weather, and with the aspens slowly starting to change, the scenery will not disappoint. Here we’re going to highlight a few places near Breckenridge that you shouldn’t miss this fall.
Three awesome places for you and your dirt bike:
- Tiger Road, Breckenridge, CO – There are about 25 miles of trails back here that are OHV approved. This little nestled network is close for shuttling bikes if you are staying in the area. It can get a little crowded on weekends with side by sides and Razors, but there is plenty of single track to stay on to avoid more congested areas. This is a great place for beginners who are just learning as it offers a wide variety of trail difficulties. Find more information here!
- Fourmile Recreation Area, Buena Vista, CO – Buena Vista (BV) really isn’t that far from Summit County and with temperatures usually at least 10 degrees higher, it’s a perfect getaway. BV features almost 200 miles of road and trails plus a ton of variety for all skill levels. This special little spot is only about 45 minutes from Breckenridge, and is typically ready to ride in April while Breckenridge is still melting. It also stays a little warmer in the fall for a weekend getaway. Designated campsites with breathtaking views of the Collegiate Range are spread along most of the routes. Trail #1425 is a 6 mile long single track that is a bit advanced, but a great loop. For more information check out Fourmile Travel Management Area!
- Taylor Park, Gunnison, CO – With a plethora of trails, this is one of the most coveted places to take your dirt bike. The beautiful part about Taylor Park is that you can make it a day trip from Breckenridge (2 to 2 ½ hours’ drive). This is also a great place for riders of all skill levels. However, if you are looking for some advanced trails, we would recommend: Star Trail, Timberline and Dr. Park. There is plenty of camping, wildlife viewing and with Taylor Reservoir being right there, you could even get some evening fishing in. With a central location and over 40 trails, you are bound to have to come back for more. If you’re to learn more, click here!
Don’t forget to wear your helmet and boots, and stay on the trail!